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[wes-ter-nahyz] /ˈwɛs tərˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), westernized, westernizing.
to influence with ideas, customs, practices, etc., characteristic of the Occident or of the western U.S.
Also, especially British, westernise.
Origin of westernize
First recorded in 1830-40; western + -ize
Related forms
westernization, noun
unwesternized, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for westernised
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  • We have thus succeeded in isolating ourselves from the masses: we have been westernised.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • Christianity is an Oriental religion no doubt, but it has been westernised.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • Like his father, he hated politics; and westernised India is nothing if not political.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • Japan is not being westernised in the smallest degree: she is merely picking our brains.

    Japan Dorothy Menpes
  • On the other hand, the westernised Chinaman does not acquire the peculiar virtues of the Englishman.

    Changing China William Gascoyne-Cecil
  • So westernised Japan has overcome her ancient rival and teacher, and Korea is humbled to the very dust.

    Changing China William Gascoyne-Cecil
British Dictionary definitions for westernised


(transitive) to influence or make familiar with the customs, practices, etc, of the West
Derived Forms
westernization, westernisation, noun
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